Prof. Ernst Wit and Prof. Olaf Schenk are serving as Master Directors for the Master of Science degree in Computational Science (MCS) which is offered by the Faculty of Informatics at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). It offers students the opportunity to acquire an in-depth understanding and set of skills in computing, numerical simulation, statistics, and data science. It provides an innovative combination of methodological and applied competencies in both computing and data science, which endow students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to operate at the forefront of science and industry.
Double Degree Programs
The Master in Computational Science offers students the opportunity to undertake a double degree programme, in partnership with:
- FAU (Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg)
- LUT (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology in Lappeenranta in Finland)
- POLIMI (Politecnico di Milano)
- SU (Sorbonne University)
- UNIBO (Università di Bologna)
The double degree Master in Computational Science offers the opportunity for students to attend courses at two universities, get to know two cities, and maximize their educational development through cutting edge course offerings, collaborations with a wide array of leading professors, researchers and distinguished guests, and living experiences across different countries and contexts.
MCS double degree graduates are well prepared and highly sought after for careers in industry and research. Simulation and data science-based approaches are quickly becoming the pillars of development in new materials, drug design, surgical procedures, engineering research, climatology, risk management, finance, and many others. MCS graduates will be well prepared for careers across these and many other domains in which data science, high-performance computing and mathematical modelling are central.
Note: Master in Computational Science students enrolled at FAU, LUT, POLIMI, SU, and UNIBO can study at USI without paying additional fees and vice versa.
Further information on the destinations can be found below and at the double degree FAQ page.
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) located in Erlangen-Nurberg is known as one of the preeminent centres of excellence for computer science in Germany and it is the second-largest university in Bavaria with its 39000 students. FAU is a preeminent centre of computer science in Germany and Europe as a whole: its computational engineering master programme is one of the most well established, and well known of its kind and the university is a centre of excellence in Germany for applied high-performance computing.
Furthermore, double degree students will benefit from the specialized focus of the computational engineering group, with advanced specializations in mechatronics, computational optics, information technology, thermo- and fluid-dynamics, mechanics and dynamics, computational materials science, and medical imaging. The more application-oriented program at FAU will be well complemented by the highly rigorous mathematical, methodological, and algorithmic training which is the focus at USI. Indeed, this double degree provides students with a unique opportunity to build a very robust capacity in both applied and methodological skillsets.
The Master in Computational Science, located in Lugano, at USI (Università della Svizzera italiana) has a unique educational programme design, focused on developing advanced capabilities in data-driven simulation methods, with applications and specializations across a variety of sub-disciplines of computing.
The Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT) is located about 2 hours East of Helsinki in Finland in the city Lappeenranta with about 73,000 people on the shores of Lake Saimaa. The Master's Programme in Data-Centric Engineering at LUT is based on blending applied mathematics with computer science and engineering. In the Masters's Programme in Data-Centric Engineering, you will study at the intersection of applied mathematics, computational statistics and artificial intelligence. During your studies, you will learn about artificial intelligence and machine learning and how mathematics and statistics form their basis. This will enable you to understand data and modern modelling and analysis methods, such as deep neural networks, profoundly and apply them to problems with societal impact.
All the courses are taught exclusively in English.
Established in 1863, Politecnico di Milano is one the most outstanding technical universities in Europe, and the largest Italian university in Engineering, Architecture and Design, with over 45,000 students. Its new master’s degree programme in HPC Engineering, the first in Italy, addresses the topical issue of High-Performance Computing and Quantum Computing to accelerate the computational process, speed up large-scale simulations, analyze and interpret complex phenomena through advanced statistics, machine learning and deep learning techniques in order to solve massively complex and data-laden problems. Politecnico di Milano is in the worldwide vanguard of HPC and Quantum Computing research in multidisciplinary application domains, ranging from virtual screening for drug discovery and computational medicine to seismic risk modelling and cryptography, also accounting for sustainability, reliability and energy efficiency of HPC systems.
The USI-POLIMI double degree is with the Master in Computational Science (USI) and the Master in HPC Engineering (POLIMI) and it is supported by the European programme EUMaster4HPC.
Sorbonne University is a multidisciplinary, research-intensive, world-class university. Located in the heart of Paris, with a regional presence, it is committed to the success of its students and to meeting the scientific challenges of the 21st century. Thanks to its 55,300 students, 6,400 academic researchers and partner researchers, and 3,600 administrative and technical staff who make it a daily reality, Sorbonne University promotes diversity, creativity, innovation and openness to the world. The SU research activities in computer science not only involve articulating the fundamental with the applied, but also the interdisciplinary work between computing as a subject to be conceived and realized (algorithmic, architecture, optimization, etc.) and calculation as a principle for approaching different subjects (cognition, medicine, robotics, etc.) The USI-SU double degree is with the Master in Computational Science (USI) and either the Master in Computer Science (Sorbonne Université) or with the Master in Mathematics (Sorbonne Université).
The collaboration within the Master of Statistical Sciences (Laurea Magistrale) at Università di Bologna (Italy) leverages the combined resources of USI and UNIBO to mould powerful, application-oriented competencies in simulation and statistical data science, with a high-level focus on methods and algorithms. USI and UNIBO present a highly dynamic centre of excellence for computational science and statistical computing, and the combined faculties present a fantastic opportunity for students with a particularly strong interest in statistical mathematics, and high-level methodologies, which can be applied to a wide array of problems.